Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
City of Franklin staff will hold a public information meeting for the
purpose of providing information and obtaining comment on the
proposed Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Franklin, Wisconsin, and Zimmerman Ventures, LLC for a minor league baseball
As people in the audience quietly and anxiously waited for tonight’s Franklin Common Council to officially begin in a matter of minutes, Franklin’s new mayor Steve Olson (who actually took office at midnight) broke the ice with humor.
“I apologize for the glare” coming from the front of the chambers where he was seated.
When the meeting did start, Olson got serious, thanking those who voted for him. And those who didn’t?
“I will work hard to earn your trust.”
Shortly after his comments, Olson took the official oath of office along with Alderwomen Kristen Wilhelm, Janet Evans, and Susanne Mayer. Mayer’s children presented her with a floral bouquet.
During the regular citizen comment period that is conducted at the beginning of each Common Council meeting, passionate watchdog and observer of Franklin politics Orville Seymer said, “I always felt confident the city was in good hands,” and he expressed the same confidence in the current group of city leaders.
Mayor Olson then presented former mayor Tom Taylor who served for nine years in the post with a special proclamation.
With the new lineup representing the city, Taylor said, “Franklin has an extremely bright future.” Taylor received a standing ovation.
Another proclamation was to be given to outgoing alderman Steve Taylor, but he could not attend due to a family issue.
Votes were then taken on a litany of appointments to aldermen to specific committees or commission, a rather tedious but still important business matter. Prior to the votes, Olson cautioned the audience that this would be, in all honesty, "boring" and if anyone wanted to get up and leave, it would be understood.
All of the votes were approved, and then came the newsworthy item. Olson announced that there was a reason all the votes went so smoothly. Aldermen were asked prior to the meeting which committees and commissions they'd prefer to sit on, and lo and behold, they all got they wanted. Ideally, having worked in and/or covered local and state politics since 1978, this is the correct route to go.
The aldermen then elected their Council President. Kristen Wilhelm and Dan Mayer were both nominated. Mayor Olson, who does not vote, said “I will be happy to work with either nominee.”
A secret ballot was taken with Wilhelm winning, 4-2. In a recent blog I suggested Wilhelm, the most senior member of the Common Council could be the next Council President who essentially becomes vice-mayor when the mayor is out of town.
“I travel a lot so this will not be a ceremonial position,” said Mayor Olson.
Here is the special proclamation presented to Tom Taylor:
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The special task force examining a possible minor league baseball stadium in Franklin adopted the following motion tonight (Monday):
“Move that the Task Force forward the proposal to the Common Council and recommend that the Common Council consider the proposal for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), incorporating a Tax Incremental District (TID) to create a new downtown area and economic incentives for construction of a minor league stadium, as a reasonable proposal that addresses the risks associated with the proposal while creating a valid opportunity to initiate economic development leading to a new downtown Franklin, subject to 1) detailed review by professional consultants as to the viability of a TIF district and as to the viability of commercial and retail development in this area, as called for in the MOU; 2) the Common Council considering the proposed MOU in the context of its overall development goals for the area and the City; 3) the Common Council considering the input of citizens and the overall best interest of the City when reaching a final decision on this MOU; and 4) review by the City Attorney; and that the Mayor direct that a Public Information meeting on the proposal be held Thursday April 17th and that the Common Council hold a special Common Council meeting on Tuesday April 22nd to consider the matter.”
4/15 UPDATE FROM CITY WEBSITE: